‘Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum’ with Bridget R. Cooks at the IU Art Museum

On Friday, September 14th, 2012, at 5 pm (with a book signing and reception at 6pm) Professor Bridget Cooks will present at the IU Art Museum on her new book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum.  The book “analyzes the curatorial strategies, challenges, and critical reception of the most significant museum exhibitions of African American art in the United States,” according to the IU Art Museum’s promotional materials. Bridget R. Cooks is an associate professor of Art History and African American Studies at UC-Irvine, where she is also involved with Visual Studies and Culture and Theory in the School of Humanities.

At the BFC/A, we try to keep challenging ourselves with the query ‘what is black film?’ and the variety of answers that different perspectives imply.  In a way, the question is useful as a launching point for further interrogation, including ‘how is(are) black film(s) presented?’ and ‘who is(are) black film(s) for?’

To consider that basic question in the context of a parallel discipline seems a worthwhile venture, and we look forward to Professor Cooks visit to the IUB campus.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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